The copper rose is an easy, affordable project that requires minimal time or tools to make.  
        I have always wanted to learn how to work with metal but never really had the tools or the time to practice making anything. So, when I finally found a project that is cheap, easy to make, and requires barely any tools, I started filling my house with them. These metal roses make awesome decorations for your house and even awesomer gifts to anyone worthy of your affection. 

As far as materials go, all you need is 2 small pieces of 22 gauge sheet metal (1 copper and 1 steel) and a steel rod measuring 1/4" in diameter and 1 foot in length. You can buy both at Home Depot.

And for tools you will need:
A hammer
2 pairs of pliers, 1 needle nose and 1 flat head
Tin snips
A drill with a 1/4" bit
A chisel
A file
And a friend with a welder

Step 1: Cut out pattern on paper

          Print out the attached file of the petals onto an 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of paper. The pattern should take up basically your whole sheet. Cut out the shapes given. On the petals, (the propeller looking thingees), cut down to the edge of the middle circle but don't detach the individual petals from the center circle.
<p>Great instructable! Here's one I made by alternating copper and brass with brass-rod stem and copper leaves. </p><p>One <br> Tip: I couldn't get the texturing with a chisel to work at all as it <br>kept bending the metal (although this worked real nice for the sepal and <br> leaves) so I ran the petals along my angle grinder with a cutting wheel <br> instead. This textured them nice and random, and it was pretty much <br>effortless too :)</p>
<p>It looks GREAT! Better than I could do.....</p>
<p>A good way to get the texture you're looking for is... if you have an electric drill, screwdriver or dremel with the round wire brush disk shaped attachment turn it on and just let the little bristles of the disk lightly run down the petals tilt your hand to control the direction you want the designs to go in. much easier and you can pick one up under $20.00 at harbor freight</p>
<p>I should mention that I used solder to secure the pedals, and a combination of wire wrapping and solder on the leaves.</p>
Don't list a &quot;friend&quot; with a welder!!!!Between my welder/torches,and my car hauling trailer,I have more friends than I can handle already!Just kidding,this is an awesome project,Very beautiful!
<p>Love it - have a truck and a trailer and know about friends!</p>
<p>This was a great project to do. My wife absolutely loved it. Next time I think I'll add the candle holder leaves on the stem. Or maybe alternating metals like one of the posters before. Thanks for the excellent ideas!</p>
This was a first for me. Plan on making a few more. Thank you for the ideas.
Here's mine. I'd made a couple steel ones but working with copper was a first for me so it was a lot of fun.
<p>That looks awesome! Thanks for sharing</p>
I thought this was a great idea for my upcoming 7th anniversary. Mine was made of all copper, using a gauged copper pipe for the stem. Since it was hallow, I was able to crimp above and below the petals and sepal. Both crimps were hidden by the flower and sepal itself once everything was in place. <br><br>Also, I did not &quot;texture&quot; the petals, because i wanted to keep the finished product shiny.
I made mine out of aluminum
I have spent literally hours trying to sort out the materials for this, researching and sourcing online. We can't just waltz down to a hardware store in NZ and expect them to stock things like copper sheets or steel rods; and even if they did exist, they would be extremely expensive. <br><br>Anyway, I have a question I was hoping someone can answer. It's a lot cheaper to buy 0.1mm copper sheeting than it is to buy 0.5 or 0.8. Is that too thin? What would happen if I tried to shape petals with such thin metal? <br><br>Thanks in advance. Great instructable, and here's hoping I'll make the perfect 7th Wedding Anniversary gift successfully, and on time!
<p>Made with aluminum from a pizza tray and a turkey skewer for the stem. Sanded the petals with sandpaper to get a nice brushed aluminum look. </p>
<p>Used epoxy, didn't wait long enough to set up and I had to reglue halfway through shaping.</p>
<p>This was an awesome project to make. I did it a few days on my lunch period at work and for about an hour one night afterwards. Learned a lot while making the rose, imperfections are okay, they actually make the rose look more realistic. Made this for my wife for our 1 year anniversary. Thanks for the project and instructions!</p>
<p>This was an awesome project to make. I did it a few days on my lunch period at work and for about an hour one night afterwards. Learned a lot while making the rose, imperfections are okay, they actually make the rose look more realistic. Made this for my wife for our 1 year anniversary. Thanks for the project and instructions!</p>
<p>it took longer than anticipated, but it was worth it!!!! hobby lobby was the only local place i could find that had the copper sheets in stock</p>
<p>I went right off of the patterns. They used up a 4&quot; x 12&quot; area of copper and the sepal and stem I did in stainless.</p><p>The stem was a tube that I turned down the end of to fit through all of the layers then spread to rivet them in place. I put a weld on it to make it more solid. I did like that some people were using screws and if I did another I would tap the inside of the tube and hold it all together with a screw. </p>
<p>Great project. I used a nickel stem and JB weld, but it worked out!</p>
Also.. I used a long 6 inch screw instead of welding it. Just drilled a hole through the center of all the petals, put the bolt through them and tightened 2 nuts at the back. Then smoothed out the shaft using my dremel and sanding drum.
Nice instructable! Thanks. <br>However I found making those lines on a thicker sheet of aluminium quite difficult. Maybe my chisel was blunt idk. It's turned out much better than I expected though.
Yay just in time for valentines day! Also a tip for anyone not skilled with forging or welding, I used a thin copper pipe as the stem so i didnt have to mess with any of that (just compress pipe to lock petals on).
So beatiful! Here's mine
How did you make the light bulb vase in your picture of your rose? It looks really cool!!! <br>
<p>I have a welder but didn't use it. A 2 inch long bolt and a lock nut holds the petal layers together. A 1/2 x 1/4 copper sweat fitting hides the nut. 1/4 inch copper tubing threads onto the bolt. </p>
<p>Hey! Awesome project. I was just wondering if it is absolutely necessary to use 22 Gauge sheet? I've got some that sits around 27 Gauge, would rhat be right to use? </p>
The higher the gauge number, the thinner the metal is.
<p>You could definitely use 27 guage, it'll just be slightly harder. </p>
I could be wrong, but the higher gauge is the thinner the metal
it's pretty great! I removed the larger petal layer since i find it too big and I used brass instead of copper. Finished it by using a blowtorch over it and some slight polishing over it. The stem on mine is only 1.5&quot; long.<br>Thanks for sharing this project!
<p>this is gorgous!!! Thank you for sharing. </p>
<p>Great instructable, thank you!!</p><p>One does not weld copper you solder it!!</p><p>Technically copper does not &quot;rust&quot; but it can take on a patina and with acid you can turn it green, which might be interesting.</p><p>Once again very well done!!</p>
<p>I really enjoy seeing the creativity, inspiration and ingenuity this project has brought forth! Wonderful. I'm the &quot;friend with a Welder&quot; so, now I aim to get some Copper sheet and have a craft party with some of my friends. This project you've shared is gonna be a blast to make with a group. Especially with some wine involved! LOL!</p>
Can hardly wait to make me some! Thanks for the great directions
Will try this - love it
<p>These are great. I'm going to have a go and solder them to a picture light along with some leaves. A quick question... can I use 22 gauge stainless steel or does it need to be mild?</p>
If you can bend it and scratch it, you can use it! Goes for any material.
<p>This is awesome ans so easy. Thanks a lot for this article. My wife will love this when finished. Watch this space for a &quot;I made it&quot; picture.</p>
you should be very proud that you inspired so many people
I didn't have any copper so I tried it with a pop can, turned out alright! I'm not very artistic so I'm fairly happy with my result. next time I'm at the hardware store I'll have to look for copper top try it again.<br>This is the best instruction set anywhere on how to make a metal rose, thank you!
<p>Well, I gave it a shot. :) Couldn't find sheets of copper, so I used a 1/4&quot; iron rod and some roof flashing. Lots of lessons learned with this one, and I now have replaced my Christmas list with one containing metalworking tools....okay, so the firearms are still on it, I just added tools. Love the instructions, this was a lot easier to make than I would have thought, and I'm looking forward to picking up the correct tools for the job and really knocking this out next time!</p>
<p>I joined up just so I could reply and say you made me laugh out loud. My husband collects firearms but I got a lincoln welder for Christmas. Hope you got your Christmas wishes! Also - you encouraged me to try this project!!</p>
<p>:) Go for it! Its a lot easier than I thought when I was first reading the instructions, and if you have the correct tools for the job, I can only imagine how much better yours will look!</p>
<p>The instructions were easy to follow, my first attempt turned out way better than I thought it was going to.</p>
<p>Thanks - you have given me courage!</p>
I love it so much :D
<p>If we are not making the stem, do we still need the steel rod and do we need to drill a hole through the petals? Additionally, what is the file for?</p>
<p>Awesome project! </p><p>I used a heat gun, intending to soften the copper. I don't think it got any softer but I was able to get a pretty cool color change. It seemed to go from copper/orange -&gt; red -&gt; yellow -&gt; silver-ish -&gt; brown. I was using a sample pack of C110 copper so the layers are different thicknesses, from 0.016&quot; for the inner most to 0.062&quot; for the outer most. The variation in thickness made it easy to get different temperatures, and correspondingly different colors.</p><p>It's on a brass stem and I'm working on making brass leaves. Going to see if I can hide some 1 watt LED's under the leaves and make it a lamp.</p>
<p>Copper work softens, when you heat it it actually gets harder.</p>

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